Current Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University, Jennifer Cruz, participated in a fireside chat with author Hanif Abdurraqib at the University Student Center, Room 201, on September 20th at 6:30pm. Mr. Abdurraqib is a 2021 MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, the author of nine books and numerous poems, a contributor to the New York Times, and the NPR host of "Small Joys." His poetry, essays, and criticism focus on Black culture, music, and identity. He is a Columbus native and currently resides in his hometown. Students and staff were welcome to attend.
In the above segment, Wade T of WCSU-FM speaks with Jenny Cruz about a number of Hanif's books and chosen topics. A link to the livestream of Hanif's prose, poems and the fireside chat is available here!
Hailing from Jamestown, Ohio, Wade got his start in broadcasting while serving with the United States Navy at the Armed Forces Network station Eagle 810 in Yokota, Japan. Broadcasting on AM radio across the Kanto Plain, listenership was shared by both American Forces and a Japanese shadow audience tuning in for American Top 40 and an insight to military operations at home and abroad.